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Captain Sindbad (1963)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Family | 19 June 1963 (USA)
The peaceful kingdom of Baristan has an evil ruler named El-Carim. He plans to capture his rival, Sindbad, who will soon return from sea in order to marry Princess Jana. The Princess ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Williams ... Captain Sindbad
Heidi Brühl ... Princess Jana
Pedro Armendáriz ... El Kerim (as Pedro Armendariz)
Abraham Sofaer ... Galgo
Bernie Hamilton ... Quinius
Helmuth Schneider Helmuth Schneider ... Bendar
Margaret Jahnen ... Lady-in-Waiting
Rolf Wanka ... The King
Walter Barnes ... Rolf
James Dobson James Dobson ... Iffritch
Maurice Marsac ... Ahmed
Henry Brandon ... Col. Kabar
John Crawford ... Aram
Geoffrey Toone ... Mohar
Lawrence Montaigne ... Jafar


The peaceful kingdom of Baristan has an evil ruler named El-Carim. He plans to capture his rival, Sindbad, who will soon return from sea in order to marry Princess Jana. The Princess convinces the magician Galgo to turn her into a small bird, so that she may fly off to warn Sinbad of the trap set against him. She flies off just as Galgo is discovered by the guards, who take him to El-Carim. As Sindbad and his crew sail towards Baristan, the Princess-Firebird descends and lands on the ship. But before she can deliver the message, El-Carim transforms the guards into giant human falcons, to drop rocks onto Sindbad's ship sinking it. However, Sindbad and some of his crew have survived, and they carefully make their way to shore. Galgo makes his arm stretch out to an enormous length, long enough to grab El-Carim's magic ring, but the evil king wakes up in time to burn Galgo's hand. Sindbad manages to get arrested, and soon appears before the dictator as a petty thief. El-Carim is not ...

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Release Date:

19 June 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitaine Sindbad See more »

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King Brothers Productions See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Guy Williams, who played Sinbad, was no stranger to swashbuckling--he also played Zorro on the Zorro (1957) TV series. See more »


As Sinbad is rescued from the water by fishermen, he is seen with his head towards the front of the boat, but when the angle of the scene changes, his head is now towards the rear of the boat. See more »


Galgo: There are three men before whom a woman need have no shame: her husband, her doctor and her magician.
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Great fun, full of action, fantastically imaginative effects
7 August 2008 | by curtis martinSee all my reviews

People who complain about the special effects in this 1963 adventure flick just don't understand how different the state of film fx was 45 years ago. I suspect that they're all too young to know much of anything. Back in the day, it wasn't the quality of your CG artists that counted. It was "how do I find simple photographic tricks that tickle the imagination, still tell the story and are fun"? This movie is full of well done yet low budget effects that beat all hell out of all the crappy, cookie cutter CG stuff out there today. Tell me you didn't smile when the magician's arm grew out about two miles long. Go on, tell me. And if you're answer is "I didn't" then why are you even watching this movie? Go somewhere and crow about how great the effects in that snorefest remake of King Kong was and leave the fun to the rest of us. I mean, really--so it's not Harryhausen. Get over it. It's still great fun.

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